The Early Childhood Education (ECE) Policy Framework put together by the Ministry of Education (MoE) and Ghana Education Service (GES), with support from UNICEF to cater for the comprehensive education needs of children of kindergarten-going age has been launched.
The main aim of the ECE Policy is to strengthen the ECE sub-sector to advance the developmental growth (physical; cognitive; psychosocial, emotional) of all 4- 5-year-olds including the disadvantaged, vulnerable and those with disabilities and special needs children.
In his opening remarks, the Chairman of the GES council, Mr. Michael Nsowah who happened to chair the program expressed his delight to be a part of the program and said that if we are to provide quality education for the Ghanaian child, it begins with the early child.
The UNICEF country representative, Anne Claire Dufay congratulated the MoE and GES for their leadership in formulating a comprehensive policy framework, which includes directives, guidelines and costed monitoring and evaluation plan. She said it responds to the needs of our children and their right to education, protection and participation.
Madam Dufay disclosed that Ghana is the leader in preprimary education in sub-Saharan Africa.
Her Excellency, the Second Lady of the republic of Ghana, Samira Bawumia in her speech said, expanding access to Early Childhood Education accelerates development and ensuring that it is achieved, is a non-negotiable and that she is committed to the education of the young Ghanaian child.
Speaking on behalf of the Hon. Minister for Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, the Hon. Deputy Minister designate for education, Rev. Ntim Fordjour said that the minister for education believes strongly and is committed to the pursuit of the early childhood education. He further said that the policy is essential for the growth of the child as it will position them well for their primary, secondary and tertiary education and enable them to make meaningful contributions toward nation building.
Hon. Rev. Ntim Fordjour inaugurated a National Steering Committee for Early Childhood Education (NaSCECE) who would be responsible to offer the needed technical support for the effective implementation of the ECE Policy and to strengthen the sub-sector.
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